Clementine L. Kaufman 16-03-2002 Weaving Women's Words
Oral historian Jean Freedman interviewed Clementine Kaufman on March 16, 2002 in Baltimore, Maryland as part of the Jewish Women's Archive "Weaving Women's Words" project.
A tireless advocate for social justice, Clementine L. Kaufman was born in 1924 in Baltimore County. The daughter of Rabbi Morris Lazaron of Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, Clem lost her mother when she was eight years old. Cared for by a series of governesses as a child, she gradually assumed a central role in running their busy household. As a young woman, she traveled extensively and was exposed to many non-Jewish religious leaders and internationally known public figures whom her father knew through his leadership in the National Conference of Christians and Jews. While still a student at Goucher College, Clem married Frank Kaufman in 1945, a lawyer and later a federal judge. After their children, Frank Jr. and Peggy, were born, Clem devoted herself to raising her family and volunteer work. She later earned a master's degree and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland School of Social Work and focused her work life on alternative educational institutions for girls. Clem's passion for learning continues in her retirement, and she is currently working on writing several books.
Clementine Kaufman photo: Credit Joan Roth. Joan Roth's website
In the early 2000s, the Jewish Women's Archive conducted oral history interviews with 30 Jewish women living in Baltimore and another 30 in Seattle. Born in the early decades of the 20th century, these women lived through decades of political, social, and economic upheaval, as well as dramatic changes in expectations and opportunities for women. Doctors and lawyers, teachers and saleswomen, judges and social workers, homemakers and community volunteers, the narrators represent a wide range of backgrounds, affiliations, and experiences of American Jewish women. To find out more and to see the online exhibits based on this project, visit Jewish Women's Archive/baltimore and Jewish Women's Archive/seattle
The complete audio recordings and transcripts of the interviews are available on the Internet Archive.
This project was made possible in part by major grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Brenda Brown Lipitz Rever Foundation, and the Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Foundation, Inc. In Baltimore, the project was a collaboration with the Jewish Museum of Maryland; in Seattle, with the Museum of History and Industry.